We mourn the passing of June Elaine (Koetitz) Wyrick, who went to be with the Lord just before midnight on March 22nd, 2012 at her home in Spokane, after a long and heroic struggle with cancer.
She was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and friend.
June was born on February 12, 1945 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Fredrick and Florence Koetitz.
She was the oldest of five children, with two brothers (Gerald and Edward) and two sisters (Virginia and Julia).
She married Ronald Wyrick in Riverbank, CA in 1966; they celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary this past November.
She moved with Ron to Spokane in 1974.
They have four children: John (professor at Washington State University), Jared (cardiologist at Rockwood), Jeff (engineer in Salt Lake City), and Jill (science teacher at Rogers High School).
Her family later expanded to include three daughters-in-law (Gretchen, Shelly, and Laurie), one son-in-law (Ben Doornink), and six grandchildren (Laina, Ronen, Josephine, Magdalene, Charlotte, and Matthew), who were her special joy.
June loved her family, loved the Lord, and lived life enthusiastically.
She never hesitated to try or learn new things-“she even earned a Masters Degree at Whitworth University while raising four children.
She taught in kindergarten and later as a substitute teacher, she served in the church, and was a tireless and devoted volunteer at the juvenile detention, Spokane County Jail, Riverview Youth Center, and First Call for Help, among other organizations.
She was honored with the George Sterns Memorial Award (Department of Corrections, 1995 and 2003), the Messenger of Hope Award (Union Gospel Mission Ministries, 1996) and the 13th annual Life of Service Award (Union Gospel Mission Ministries, 2008).
She loved to travel, especially to visit her family in Utah and California; she learned to play the dobro later in life because she loved music; and she enjoyed camping trips, the outdoors, and gardening.
Her life was an inspiration.
She is dearly loved and deeply missed.
Visitation will be held from 10AM until 11:30AM on Saturday, March 31st at the funeral home and a Funeral Service will follow at 1PM on Saturday, March 31st at her home church of First Assembly of God, 828 W. Indiana Ave., Spokane, WA 99205.
Please visit June’s on-line memorial at www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements entrusted to: